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Lift up your eyes, look round

Lift up your eyes, look round

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 1 hymnal

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Lift up your eyes, look round;
The fields to harvest white,
Are bow'd, and shaking to the ground;
Where soon must perish quite,
The sower's seed, the tiller's toil,
The husbandman's abortive trust,
Whose crops ungather'd load the soil,
Down trodden to the dust:
For wide the fields are spread, and far,
And few, and weak, the labourers are.

Lord of the Harvest! now,
Send faithful labourers forth,
To wield the sickle, guide the plough,
Where east, west, south, and north,
Far as the fields of life are spread,
The scythe of Time, at Death's stern doom,
Is reaping harvests for the dead,
To crowd the garner-tomb:
Lord! Lord! a precious remnant save
From death--from death beyond the grave.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lift up your eyes, look round
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English